Officers shoot man holding family hostage in Dallas




Posted on August 3, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 2 at 10:45 AM

DALLAS - Neighbors woke up to loud shouting and sounds of gunshots as a gunman held his ex-girlfriend, a toddler and a man hostage inside a Dallas home early Friday morning in the 3800 block of Casa Del Sol.

The suspect was shot during a standoff with authorities. Leo, who declined to give his last name, said the suspect had just moved into the northeast Dallas rental home six months ago.
"He was a nice guy," Leo said.
Authorities were first alerted to the situation after receiving a call at about 3:20 a.m. When officers arrived to the scene, a witness told them the suspect was holding his ex-girlfriend, a 2-year-old child and another man hostage inside a bedroom, police said. Officers said they could hear a woman inside pleading with the suspect to put down his gun.

Police successfully talked the suspect into releasing the hostages. While they were all reported to be okay, the suspect was injured when officers fired at him as he allegedly tried to leave the house through the garage. Two officers were already in the backyard and the suspect allegedly pointed a gun in their direction, which was when officers fired the shots fearing for their lives, police said.
"We heard six to seven shots," Leo said.
Dallas Police Captain Jack Bragg said both officers fired. It is unclear how many times the suspect was hit.
The two officers involved in the shooting were not harmed, but the suspect was transported to Baylor Medical Center and is now listed in stable condition.

The hostage situation Friday was the 15th officer-involved shooting this year. Eight of those cases were fatal, and the majority of the suspects were armed.

The suspect will be charged with two counts of aggravated assault with family violence and two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer. Authorities have not released the name of the suspect.'s Marjorie Owens contributed to this report